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Have you tried switching it off and on again?

dance2die profile image Sung M. Kim ・1 min read

I just wanted to share this insightful comment on Reddit.

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I've seen HelpDesk technicians at work asking,

"Have you tried switching it off and on again?"

several times a day, thus I bursted into laugher.

Please feel free to share if you think of any others 😉

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Joshua Gilless • Edited

It can get even worse. There was a time at work where we were struggling to get people to all use the same npm version. One of the developers put this in the scripts section of our package.json:

"relock": "rm -rf node_modules/ && rm package-lock.json && npm i"

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Sung M. Kim Author

It sounds like that's the problem npm ci tries to solve

Related to the original response, npm 6 now allows you to run
npm ci
Which deletes the node_modules and installs the exact version mentioned in your lock file. This is a great way to reproduce the exact working copy of your node app.

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Joshua Gilless

Yeah! It mostly is, but the subtle difference was our package-lock.json files were out of sync. We were just having a hard time getting everyone on the same version of npm, so the package-lock.json files generated by npm install were slightly different. npm ci runs based off of package-lock.json

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Sung M. Kim Author

Now I see what you means.

While npm ci tries to make library to be consistent across computers,
relock command installs libraries from clean slate.

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Kushan Joshi

Related to the original response, npm 6 now allows you to run
npm ci
Which deletes the node_modules and installs the exact version mentioned in your lock file. This is a great way to reproduce the exact working copy of your node app.

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Sung M. Kim Author

Thanks for the tip Kushan.

Even this morning, I've deleted node_modules folder manually...

npm ci seems like a great addition to the CLI. 👍

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Andrew Lucker

Today it took me way too long to remember that most of the internet works on a variant of this principle:

"Try switching it on and off again, then wait several hours."

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Sung M. Kim Author

😃 Takes a while for DNS records to propagate.

That's probably the easiest way to let non-technical people to wait just long enough 😉

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Ross Henderson

Just throwing it out there: my previous job was a Technical Advisor for a Mobile Phone Insurance Company. Statistically, the fix most likely to work was legitimately turning it off and on again!

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Sung M. Kim Author • Edited

Seems like data don't lie

😛

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Zoryana Vakh

Without doubt, It works!) That's what experience says